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UPDATE: Five ongoing lawsuits involving Hawaii high school athletics

By Nick Abramo on March 6, 2019

There are currently at least five lawsuits in the courts that have to do with Hawaii high school sports. Here are updates on each of them: KAISER >> A Kaiser football player’s parent, Gregory Tartamella, is going to court as the defendant in a jury trial. The charges are assault, terroristic threatening and harassment of now ex-football coach Arnold Martinez. The case stems partly from an incident in fall 2017 in which Tartamella was caught on video yelling at Martinez. […]

Believe it — esports is here

By Brian McInnis on March 5, 2019

In the event that you have not opened up Tuesday’s print edition of the Star-Advertiser (or thumbed through the online edition), or stumbled upon last week’s first notice on Hawaii Prep World, let this be your digital reckoning. Esports has arrived in Hawaii high schools. Or, in some cases, it will very soon. Schools across the state are into their second week of competition as of today. But many of the players are still awaiting their first actual competition of […]

Private schools own 80 percent of state titles so far in 2018-19

By Nick Abramo on February 28, 2019

Private schools have won 80 percent (24 of 30) of the state championships through the fall and winter seasons of 2018-19. And of those 24 private-school championships, 23 were by ILH schools and one by Hawaii Prep, a private school on the Big Island. State titles will be determined in 15 more sports this spring to conclude the school year. For all of 2017-18, private schools won 67 percent of the state titles (31 out of 46). Twenty-five of those […]


HHSAA launches esports at Hawaii high schools this week

By Billy Hull on February 25, 2019

Twenty-three schools around the state will participate this week in the first esports competition under a pilot program developed by the Hawaii High School Athletic Association. According to a news release, the HHSAA has partnered with PlayVS for “Season Zero” of esports competition beginning Tuesday. Esports is basically an organized competition of different multiplayer video games. Under the pilot program, schools will participate in three different games a week and can put together as many teams as they want. Each […]

Spartans reign at No. 1 again, Govs return at No. 10

By Paul Honda on February 18, 2019

Star-Advertiser Boys Basketball Top 10 2/18/19 Rank School (first-place votes), (W-L) Pts Last week’s rank 1. Maryknoll (9) (27-2) 99 1 2. Punahou (26-5) 83 2 3. Damien (1) (25-2) 78 3-t 4. ‘Iolani (20-11) 70 3-t 5. Moanalua (20-6) 60 5 6. St. Francis (22-17) 45 6 7. Kailua (18-12) 44 8 8. Kapolei (17-8) 27 9 9. Lahainaluna (18-5) 24 7 10. Farrington (15-9) 12 NR No longer in Top 10: Kalani (No. 10). Also receiving votes: Hawaii […]

HMSA donates proven life savers to HHSAA

By Nick Abramo on February 14, 2019

Thirteen years ago, the Hawaii Medical Service Association donated life-saving defibrillators to 95 public and independent schools statewide. They’re doing the same thing this year in collaboration with the Hawaii High School Athletic Association. The difference? Lives have been saved with that first batch of donated defibrillators (also known as automated external defebrillators) in 2006, so whatever doubts, if any, about their importance have been completely wiped away. According to the HMSA and HHSAA in a joint news release, “AEDs […]

ILH girls sweep fall season

By Jerry Campany on December 9, 2018

The ILH ruled girls sports in the fall like never before. The league took six team championships in the recently-concluded season, adding another in Division II cheerleading which is dominated by females but is classified as a mixed sport. Sacred Hearts took the medium division in cheerleading while Moanalua took the large title. ‘Iolani’s girls were the only ones to win in more than one sport this fall, being crowned champions in bowling and Division I volleyball. Mid-Pacific won in […]

Lawsuit claims female athletes receive unequal treatment

By Associated Press on December 7, 2018

The American Civil Liberties Union of Hawaii has filed a federal class-action lawsuit on behalf of two female high school athletes, claiming they are being unequally treated based on their gender. The lawsuit filed Thursday against the state Department of Education and the Oahu Interscholastic Association claims the athletes at Campbell “experience grossly unequal treatment, benefits and opportunities in relation to male athletes.” The school does not have a locker room facility for female athletes, so the girls must find […]